Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Launch Set for August 23: Report

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Galaxy Note 8 launch could happen on August 23
  • Samsung executive said to confirm a launch late next month
  • Galaxy S8 sales to be blamed for earlier than expected launch of Note 8

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8, the next phablet flagship from the South Korean-based consumer electronics giant, could launch late next month, claims a new report. The Bell, a South Korea-based publication, says that the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 may launch on August 23. It’s however worth pointing it out that we are yet to hear a confirmation from Samsung.

Another report corroborates the launch event late next month with a confirmation by a Samsung executive. However, the executive declined to confirm August 23 launch date, reports The Investor.

The earlier than expected launch of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will reportedly make the smartphone broadly available in global markets by September. The company this way could also take on its biggest rival, Apple, which is likely to launch the iPhone 8 in September.

 Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Launch Set for August 23: Report

There have been reports doing the rounds of the Internet that claim the Samsung Galaxy S8 is selling 20 percent less than its predecessor. The Bell cites brokerage analysts to claim Samsung managed to sell 9.8 million units in the first two months of the launch, which was roughly 20 percent less than the Samsung Galaxy S7’s 12 million units last year. This slowdown is said to be one of the reasons for the early launch of the Galaxy Note 8.

Samsung has already dropped hints during the company’s quarterly results for the quarter ended March 31 that it will announce a “new flagship smartphone in the second half [of 2017]”, and even before that, had revealed the Galaxy Note 8 is indeed on the cards, and will be safer than its predecessor that was infamously recalled.

It will be really interesting to see how well the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is received in worldwide markets especially after the Galaxy Note 7 debacle last year that forced the company to discontinue the phone. With frequent cases of fire on the Note 7, Samsung was last year reported considering killing its Galaxy Note series forever due to the bad name associated with it.

Samsung Galaxy S8 sales slowing down, analyst claims

According to a security researcher from Korea the Galaxy S8 and S8+ sales are starting to slow down. The duo has reportedly sold close to 10 million units in the first two months while the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge saw 12 million units sold in their first two months.

This report has a huge question mark attached to it as Samsung has boasted of overachieving sales of the Galaxy S8 series.

The slowing sales reportedly made Samsung ramp up Galaxy Note 8 production so that it can launch the anticipated phablet earlier, namely on September 10, after announcing it in August.

Yet, that’s hardly any evidence to back up the claims – the Galaxy Note5 and Galaxy Note7 were both announced in August and hit the shelves shortly after, so it’s more the norm than an exception for Samsung.

 

New rumor says Samsung Galaxy C7 (2017) will feature dual camera setup

 

According to a new rumor, the Samsung Galaxy C7 (2017) will feature a dual rear-camera setup. The rumor comes in the form of tweet from a Chinese tipster who goes by the Twitter handle @mmddj_china.

 New rumor says Samsung Galaxy C7 (2017) will feature dual camera setup

In his tweet, the tipster refers to the C7 (2017) as the fourth dual camera device that the South Korean tech giant is working on – the other three probably are the Galaxy C10, Galaxy J7 (2017), and the Galaxy Note8.

The tweet also says the device will launch soon. This may well be true given that the handset has already been certified by the Bluetooth SIG as well as the WiFi Alliance (WFA).

Samsung may launch Note 8 on August 23: Report

Samsung is rumoured to be launching its upcoming flagship phone Galaxy Note 8 on August 23. The news has been reported by a South-Korean publication, though an official confirmation is still awaited.

Originally slated to be launched in September this year, Samsung advanced the launch to August not only to counter Apple, which is expected to launch its flagship device iPhone 8 in September, but also because its last offering, Samsung S8, received a lukewarm response from the market.

Samsung is also betting heavily on Note 8 as it is the successor of the ill-fated Galaxy Note 7 which arguably could be the most unsuccessful flagship model ever released by Samsung.

 Samsung may launch Note 8 on August 23: Report

Launched in 2016, Note 7 was involved in a battery-exploding fiasco eventually costing Samsung pole position in the market, and Chinese handset makers took advantage of the gap.

With Note 8, Samsung is hoping to revive the old Samsung magic in the Indian markets and reclaim top slot.

Samsung to produce 9 million Galaxy Note 8 units initially

After numerous speculations, yesterday, a report tipped that the Galaxy Note 8 might be unveiled on August 23. The device is believed to be released sometime in early September. It is obvious that two reasons have made Samsung advance the launch of their next flagship device.

One is the poor sales of the Galaxy S8 and the other is to release it before the Apple iPhone 8 slated to be unveiled in September along with the rumored iPhone 7s and 7s Plus. Apple is expected to release the iPhone 8 later this year as it is rumored to face some delay in the production.Samsung to produce 9 million Galaxy Note 8 units initially

Eventually, the Galaxy Note 8 will dominate the market until then. A recent report by The Bell (via TheAndroidSoul) claims that Samsung is in plans to ship nine million units of the upcoming Galaxy Note 8 soon after its initial release. From September, a set of three million units of the phablet will be produced per month for three months. Despite the recent reports that the Galaxy S8 sales are poor and not as expected, the device broke the sales record by selling over 10 million units in three weeks of its release.

But the sales slowed down later, claim the media reports. Being the upcoming flagship device, the Galaxy Note 8 is likely to feature the Infinity Display sans a physical home button as seen on the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ duo. Also, the device is believed to use a Snapdragon 836 SoC under its hood, which will be an incremental variant of the existing high-end Snapdragon 835 SoC. Moreover, the Galaxy Note 8 is claimed to be the first Samsung phone to feature a dual rear camera setup.

Samsung Galaxy Note Fan Edition Teardown Reveals It as a Galaxy Note 7 With a Smaller Battery

Earlier this month, Samsung made a major announcementas the company said that it will be releasing refurbished version of its Galaxy Note 7 smartphone, called Samsung Galaxy Note Fan Edition. While the South Korean conglomerate said that it will be using components from the Galaxy Note 7 in the new model, the iFixit teardown of the new handset has revealed that it is the same old Galaxy Note 7 albeit with a new smaller battery.

In its note regarding the Galaxy Note Fan Edition teardown, iFixit says, “Beyond batteries, we’ve got exactly the same phone: no evidence of the rumoured processor bumps, and no surprises.”

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Photo Credit: iFixit

In comparison with the 13.48Wh (3500mAh) battery on the original Galaxy Note 7, the Galaxy Note Fan Edition comes with a smaller 12.32Wh (3200mAh) battery. Notably, the new battery even weighs less than the one on original Galaxy Note 7. While the latter came with a battery that weighed 47.7 grams, the battery on Galaxy Note Fan Edition weighs in at 45.4 grams.

 Samsung Galaxy Note Fan Edition Teardown Reveals It as a Galaxy Note 7 With a Smaller Battery

To recall, Samsung said that it will only sell 400,000 units of the Galaxy Note Fan Edition in South Korea and will decide later whether to release the smartphone elsewhere or not. The smartphone was priced by the company at KRW 699,000 (roughly Rs. 39,700) and was released in South Korea on July 7.

To recall, Samsung had to recall around 3 million Galaxy Note 7 units due to reported explosions later attributed to faulty batteries. We will have to see if the company will introduced the refurbished units elsewhere on the globe as well, with a recent report claiming the company had not ruled out such a move.

 

Samsung Galaxy Note 8: Did the company just reveal the phone in a tweet?

 

Samsung Exynos, from its official Twitter handle, put out a tweet that read, “Do what you want. #Exynos will get things done. Learn more about #Exynos8895.” (Source: Samsung Exynos/Twitter)

Samsung might have given a glimpse of the upcoming Galaxy Note 8 smartphone. Samsung Exynos, from its official Twitter handle, put out a tweet that read, “Do what you want. #Exynos will get things done. Learn more about #Exynos8895.” The tweet is accompanied by an image, speculated to be that of Galaxy Note 8. It reveals a near bezel-less smartphone with a large dual curved edge display. The corners are more rounded, and side curves are not as prominent as Galaxy S8 series smartphones. There’s no power button on the right side, suggesting this is just a prototype device.

Meanwhile, a report in Digitimes has revealed that Samsung will launch the Galaxy Note 8 in September this year. “Samsung Electronics is likely to launch its Galaxy Note 8 smartphone in September 2017 at the earliest, to make up the product gap left by its predecessor, the Galaxy Note 7, according to upstream component makers in Taiwan,” the report read.View image on Twitter

Samsung Galaxy Note 8’s front render was previously leaked by tipster Slashleaks on Twitter. The image reveals large Infinity display with no bezels on the sides, and extremely thin bezels on top and bottom. The Galaxy Note 8 is expected to feature the same 18:9:5 aspect ratio like we saw on the Galaxy S8 smartphone. The home button is gone, and fingerprint scanner is likely to be present at the back of the device.

Previously, a report in The Korean Herald claimed Samsung will host an event on August 23 in New York to unveil the Galaxy Note 8. Of course, we’ll have to wait for an official confirmation to know whether the smartphone will be announced in August or September.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is rumoured to feature the yet-to-be launched Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 836 processor. The smartphone could be the most expensive that the Korean giant has ever made, with its price pegged at € 999 (or approx Rs 73,880). The Galaxy S8 could feature a 6.3-inch Super AMOLED Infinity display. It will ship with S Pen and company’s smart assistant Bixby. Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will come with 6GB RAM and 128GB internal storage.

 

Upcoming Xiaomi phones to feature Samsung AMOLED screens

Samsung Display and LG Display are in a tug of war for customers for their OLED offerings and the Samsung side just scored a win – Xiaomi placed an order for 6” rigid AMOLEDs. 1 million are set to be delivered this December, then 2.2 million in January.

This comes after the company allegedly tried to source 5.5” flexible OLED panels from LG, but the deal fell through as LG Display’s manufacturing plant will start production three months later than expected.

Xiaomi already used such a panel for the Mi Note 2 (1080p resolution) and was expected to use a newer generation (QHD resolution) for the new Note. Keep in mind that the flexible/rigid here means whether the phone will have curved screen edges or not – we’re not talking flexible phones here.

Anyway, Samsung has tens of millions of AMOLED panels to produce for the iPhone 8. And there’s talk that Apple will move to using exclusively OLED displays in 2018 (though it’s up in the air who will score that order).

 

Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) and Galaxy A7 (2017) First Impressions

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Galaxy A5 (2017) has been priced at Rs. 28,990
  • The Galaxy A7 (2017) has been priced at Rs. 33,490
  • Both smartphones will go on sale starting March 15

Samsung India on Monday announced the launch of its new Galaxy A5 (2017) and Galaxy A7 (2017) smartphones. The new mid-range Galaxy A-series models will be replacing the 2016 editions of the Galaxy A-series. The South Korean company is once again trying to promote the metal-and-glass design which made last year’s models popular.

With the 2017 editions of the Samsung Galaxy A5 and Samsung Galaxy A7, the company brings a lot of features from the flagship Galaxy S7 to the mid-range segment. Samsung claims that the new phones’ water- and dust-resistant bodies, as well as their always-on displays are firsts for this price band. Both, the Galaxy A5 and Samsung Galaxy A7, also improve upon their predecessors by supporting microSD cards of up to 256GB for storage expansion and fast charging. Both also have improved battery capacities.

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Gadgets 360 spent some time with the new Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) and Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017) at the launch event, and below are our first impressions.

At first glance, the new Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) and Galaxy A7 (2017) look very similar to the flagship Galaxy S7 (Review), especially because of their rounded corners. Only the screen sizes are noticeably different. Of the two new models, the Galaxy A5 with its smaller 5.2-inch screen is easier to hold, and will be preferred for those who are more comfortable using their phone with one hand. The Galaxy A7, on the other hand, has a 5.7-inch screen. As expected, the Galaxy A5 is lighter at 159 grams while Galaxy A7 definitely feels heavy for its size at 186 grams.

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The front faces of both handsets maintain the signature Galaxy look with a physical home button sitting just below the screen. The capacitive navigation buttons sit on either side. During our limited time with both phones, we noticed that the capacitive navigation buttons are backlit but only light up for very short times, something we had pointed out about the 2016 edition of the Galaxy A series as well. Overall, the metal frames and glass rear panels are the highlights of these handsets. Manu Sharma, VP, Samsung Mobiles, stressed that the glass back panels draw on Samsung’s “premium design heritage”. However, these phones are both fingerprint magnets, and we would recommend using both the Galaxy A5 (2017) and Galaxy A7 (2017) with cases.

Sharma also confirmed to Gadgets 360 that the new Galaxy A-series smartphones will support Samsung Pay (with both NFC and MST compatibility). The company’s mobile payments solution is now live in India.

At the back, the primary cameras are flush to the bodies; a welcome change from the protruding cameras seen at the back of many other phones in this segment including the OnePlus 3T, Asus ZenFone 3 (ZE552KL), and Moto Z. We also liked the placement of the speaker grilles on the right of both phones, though they were not very loud in our brief hands-on experience. On the bottoms of both phones, there are 3.5mm audio jacks and USB Type-C ports. The power buttons are placed on the right panels, while the volume rockers are on the left. We liked the tactile feel of the physical buttons on the Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A7.

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Samsung is also heavily promoting the fact that the new Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A7 smartphones have dedicated slots for two SIM cards and a microSD card. The Galaxy A5 (2017) and Galaxy A7 (2017) support 4G with VoLTE which means they are compatible with Reliance Jio’s mobile network.

In terms of specifications, the Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) features a 5.2-inch display, while the Galaxy A7 (2017) features a 5.7-inch display. Both are full-HD and both use Super Amoled panels. The new Galaxy A-series models are both powered by the company’s in-house octa-core Exynos 7870 SoC clocked at 1.9GHz, coupled with 3GB of RAM. Both also have with 32GB of storage. Samsung will be offering 15GB of cloud storage through its own Samsung Cloud app. The two new phones have a set of preset camera filters including a Food mode which adds warm colours to images to make food look more appetising. Samsung provides nine effects which can be accessed by swiping the main camera interface. Overall, the camera app looks less cluttered than before, and is easy to use.

The Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A7 both sport a 16-megapixel rear cameras with LED flashes and f/1.9 apertures, plus 16-megapixel front cameras also with f/1.9 apertures. The new Galaxy A5 measures 146.1×71.4×7.9mm and packs a 3000mAh battery, while the Galaxy A7 (2017) measures 156.8×77.6×7.9mm and has enough room for a 3600mAh battery.

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In terms of software, we didn’t notice any major new tweaks on the new Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A7. The company’s UI feels light, and doesn’t have much bloatware. As with other Samsung Galaxy phones, Google and Microsoft’s suites of apps can be found in separate folders. In the limited time we were able to spend with the new Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A7, we found that they handled multitasking and Internet browsing pretty easily without any lags. We will however reserve our verdict on Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) and Galaxy A7 (2017) performance and camera until we get a chance to put them through paces for a detailed review.

Final thoughts
The new Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) and Galaxy A7 (2017) have been priced at Rs. 28,990 and Rs. 33,490 respectively. Both phones will be available in India from March 15, via offline and online retail channels.

At these prices, the new Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A7 will be going head-to-head with the popular Honor 8, Asus ZenFone 3 (ZE552KL), and OnePlus 3T among others.

Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017)

Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017)

  • KEY SPECS
  • NEWS

Display

5.20-inch

Processor

1.9GHz octa-core

Front Camera

16-megapixel

Resolution

1080×1920 pixels

RAM

3GB

OS

Android 6.0

Storage

32GB

Rear Camera

16-megapixel

Battery Capacity

3000mAh

Also See
  • Amazon
    Samsung Galaxy A5 (Champagne Gold, 16GB)
    Rs. 16,249
  • Flipkart
    Samsung Galaxy A5 (Black)
    Rs. 16,490
  • Amazon
    Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016) (White, 16GB) – 
    Rs. 19,500
Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017)

Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017)

  • KEY SPECS
  • NEWS

Display

5.70-inch

Processor

1.9GHz octa-core

Front Camera

16-megapixel

Resolution

1080×1920 pixels

RAM

3GB

OS

Android 6.0

Storage

32GB

Rear Camera

16-megapixel

Battery Capacity

3600mAh

Also See
  • Amazon
    Samsung Galaxy A7 (Champagne Gold, 16GB) – 
    Rs. 19,880
  • Amazon
    Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016) (Black, 128GB)
    Rs. 25,300
  • Flipkart
    Samsung Galaxy A7 (Midnight Black, 16GB)
    Rs. 21,690

Nokia has an Android flagship in the works to challenge the Galaxy S8

 

HMD, the Chinese firm that paid big bucks to slap the Nokia brand onto Android phones, has big plans. It unveiled a new Nokia 3310 to rapturous applause at MWC, as well as a line of mid-level Android devices.

According to a new report out of China, that’s not all. HMD is said to be working on two flagship phones that will pack Qualcomm’s cutting-edge Snapdragon 835, the same chip that (probably) powers the upcoming Galaxy S8.Nokia phones 2017

The report, from Chinese site MyDrivers, says that Nokia will be unveiling an all-metal flagship phone with dual cameras, a big screen, and a Snapdragon 835 under the hood. Those are eerily similar specs to what the Galaxy S8 is set to launch with, and close to basically every other Android flagship that launches this year.

Differentiation is going to be particularly hard because HMD can’t use the Nokia PureView camera tech that the company used to be famous for. One of the only reasons for buying one of Nokia’s Lumia Android phones was the camera, but that brand and expertise were bought up by Microsoft. It’s unclear who is going to be making the lenses and sensors for Nokia’s new phones, but it’s unlikely to be anyone you’ve heard of.

That’s not all, as Nokia is rumored to also be working on a second “flagship” device with a smaller screen but more or less the same specs. It’s set to get the same Snapdragon processor, up to 6GB of RAM (!!!!) and a good camera setup. If that comes to fruition, it could be a good option, since one trend the Galaxy S8 and iPhone 8 are likely to follow is increased screen size.